The local NaNoWriMo group seems to be shaping up. This region is without a Municipal Liaison this year and appreciative local writers are feeling it. There were two very active, and older, MLs that played the role of ramrod and organized things quite well and consistently. Due to various reasons they are neither one participating this year and are sorely missed. Presently the membership is active, about a dozen and have decided to meet at Panera Bread in the next town over on Sundays between 10:00 to 14:00 or 11:00 to 15:00 (no one has yet to identify a definitive time, but it really doesn’t matter).
Will I go? I am not too sure. For the most part, folks seem nice but are fairly young ranging from 13 to 33 with numbers weighted heavily toward the 20 somethings. As the next town over hosts a university, this is not surprising. I have no real problem with the demographic, but I do have my reservations and it has to do with the age disparity. I am with young people all day long, so I’m used to the timbre and character of their energy and even thrive on it. That being said, I can also attest to their ability to alienate and exclude, with or without malice, those whom they consider ‘outside’ their comfort zones. While this ‘herd’ mentality is somewhat natural and therefore understandable—one I am used to putting up with and indeed, breaking through—it just might not be something I want to try to navigate on a day off. I have done my share of said silliness and feel my time too precious to expend on the effort.
Of course I plan to give it a go; I would certainly never pass judgment and act upon it without trial. I hope to be pleasantly surprised, but will not be if things do not work out. I wonder…of course these programs are heavily weighted toward the young. The world is what it is (shrug). By the same token however, the 50+ crowd is nearly in the majority anymore—or so journalists would have us think. I wonder how many closet 50+ would-be writers are out there in my area and writing silently, steadily and very much alone? As many as there are young would-be writers not in the closet? Sigh…what I would not do to have a talk with an older, more experienced and wiser writer than I.
Originally posted in The Salamander’s Quill 1.0 now deleted.